At 0825 hours, 5 September, the take-off was started. The
rendezvousing of the eighty-tow (82) transports required forty-five
(45) minutes. When all elements were in formation, the flight to
the drop area was started.
"the coordination of a
hundred odd transports with fighter escorts and bomber support, the
biggest air armada yet assembled in the SWPA, takes patience."